FILM NOIR FIVE STAR FILMS
1941 ...
MaltFal01

1944 ...
DblIndem00

1945 ...
MPierce

Detour

1946 ...
TheKillers

RingsTwice

1947 ...
OutOfPast

NightmareAlley

1948 ...
RawDeal

1949 ...
ThirdMan

ActViolence

CrissCross

TheyLiveByNight

ThievesHiway

1950 ...
SunsetBlvd

AsphalJung

1953 ...
CityNSleeps

1956 ...
Killing

1958 ...
TOEvil

1959 ...
OddsATomrow

{click Film Noir Readers, A. Silver)
        The term "Film Noir" was first applied by French Film Magazines in 1946 when Maltese Falcon (1941), Double Indemnity (1944), Laura (1944), Murder, My Sweet (1944} and The Woman In The Window (1944) were released in France, becoming a genre description as they became popular through the years.
      One actress later proclaimed "We never knew we were making film noir movies we always thought we were just making 'B' crime dramas". "A" movies were those produced as primary feature movies to run in theaters while "B" movies where intended to be lower budget movies to run as a "double feature" in theaters. Many "A" movies are also considered Film Noir.
      This site supports the Original or "Classic" version of Film Noir titles as American (United States) genre, even
  though many British films are included in the genre especially where made with American actors and/or productiin staff or financing.
      Thus a waxing peroid from 1941 to 1950 influenced by the Motion Picture Productioin Code of 1934 and post WWII writers, roducers and directors; where Film Noir reached its zenith of activity.
      Then a waning perios from 1951 to 1959 influnced by the (McCarthy) Un-American ativity hearings that jailed many and for many driven out of the country; the ultimate demise of Film Noir is credited to the abondonment of the MPPC, new camera techniques which included color and, of course, the overwhemling popularity of television.
      Film Noir involves the resolution of a murder(s) or of a particular personal crisis.
 
FILM NOIR WEDDING CAKE
Wedding Cake
(click Full Size Wedding Cake)
A Fun Guide to Film Noir Genre
Roger Ebert, January 30, 1995
Classic Film Noir as a Genre
Author unknown, August 2, 2009
My KEY WORDS Checklist of
words associated with Film Noir
Wikipedia Film Noir Website
Details and Commentary
MY LIBRARY OF FILM NOIR BLUE-RAYS, DVDS AND BOOKS (342 FILM TITLES AND 4 BOOKS)
All BRs and DVDs are Black and White, unless noted.
 
1941 THE MALTESE FALCON (BR) **
1941 AMONG THE LIVING (BR)
1941 CITIZEN KANE (DV)
1941 HIGH SIERRA (DV)
1941 I WAKE UP SCREAMING (DV)
1941 OUT OF THE FOG (DV)
1941 RAGE IN HEAVEN (DV)
1941 THE SEA WOLF (BR Xd)
1941 THE SHANGHAI GESTURE (DV)
1941 SUSPICION (DV)
1941 A WOMAN'S FACE (DV)
1942 THE BIG SHOT (DV)
1942 CROSSROADS (DV)
1942 THE GLASS KEY (DV)
1942 JOHNNY EAGER (DV)
1942 MOONTIDE (DV)
1942 SABOTEUR (DV)
1942 THIS GUN FOR HIRE (DV)
1943 THE FALLEN SPARROW (DV)
1943 HANGMEN ALSO DIE (DV X2)
1943 JOURNEY INTO FEAR (DV)
1943 THE OX-BOW INCIDENT (DV Xw)
1943 THE SEVENTH VICTIM (DV)
1943 SHADOW OF A DOUBT (DV)
1944 BETRAYED (DV)
          Aka: WHEN STRANGERS MARRY
1944 THE CONSPIRATORS (DV Xe)
1944 DANGEROUS PASSAGE (DV)
1944 DOUBLE INDEMNITY (BR) **
1944 EXPERIMENT PERILOUS (DV)
1944 GASLIGHT (DV)
1944 THE LAST RIDE (DV)
1944 LAURA (BR) **
1944 LIFEBOAT (DV X2)
1944 THE MASK OF DIMITRIOS (DV)
1944 MURDER, MY SWEET (DV)**
          Aka: FAREWELL MY LOVE
1944 PHANTOM LADY (DV)
1944 THE SUSPECT (DV)
1944 TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (DV)
1944 THE WHISTLER (#0) (DV)
1944 THE WHISTLER (#1) THE MARK OF ... (DV)
1944 WOMAN IN THE WINDOW (DV, Color DV)**
1945 CONFIDENTIAL AGENT (DV Xe)
1945 CONFLICT (DV)
1945 CORNERED (DV)
          Sp: ACOSSADO (HARASSED) (DV)
          Sp: VENGANZA (REVENGE) (DV Reg. 2)
1945 DANGER SIGNAL
1945 DETOUR (DV)
1945 FALLEN ANGEL (DV Reg. 2)
1945 THE HOUSE ON 92nd STREET (DV)
1945 I LOVE A MYSTERY (BR)
1945 JOHNNY ANGEL (DV)
1945 LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (DV Color)
1945 THE LOST WEEKEND (DV)
1945 MILDRED PIERCE (DV)
1945 MY NAME IS JULIE ROSS (BR)
1945 SCARLET STREET (DV)
1945 STRANGE AFFAIR OF UNCLE HARRY (DV)
          Aka: UNCLE HARRY
1945 THE WHISTLER (#2) THE POWER OF ... (DV)
1945 THE WHISTLER (#3) THE VOICE OF ... (DV)
1945 TWO O'CLOCK COURAGE (DV)
1946 THE BIG SLEEP (DV)
1946 BLACK ANGEL (DV)
1946 THE BLUE DAHLIA (DV)
1946 THE DARK CORNER (DV)
1946 THE DARK MIRROR (DV)
1946 DEADLINE AT DAWN (DV)
1946 DECEPTION (DV)
1946 DECOY (DV)
1946 GILDA (DV)
1946 HUMORESQUE (DV)
1946 THE KILLERS (DV)
          Aka: A MAN ALONE
1946 THE LOCKET (DV)
1946 MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (DV Xw)
1946 NOBODY LIVES FOREVER (DV)
1946 NOCTURNE (DV)
1946 NOTORIOUS (DV)
1946 POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE (BR)
1946 SOMEWHERE IN THE NIGHT (DV)
1946 THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE (DV)
1946 STRANGE LOVES OF MARTHA IVERS (DV)
1946 THE STRANGE WOMAN (DV)
1946 THE STRANGER (DV)
1946 SUSPENCE (DV)
1946 THREE STRANGERS (DV)
1946 UNDERCURRENT (DV)
1946 THE VERDICT (DV)
1946 WANTED FOR MURDER (DV)
1946 WHISTLE STOP (DV)
1946 THE WHISTLER (#4) MYSTERY INTRUDER (DV)
1946 THE WHISTLER (#5) THE SECRET OF ... (DV)
** The five titles introduced as Film Noir
 
1947 BODY AND SOUL (DV)
1947 BOOMERANG (DV)
1947 BORN TO KILL (DV)
1947 THE BRASHER DOUBLOON (DV)
1947 BRUTE FORCE (DV)
1947 CALCUTTA (DV)
1947 CROSSFIRE (DV)
1947 CRY WOLF (DV)
1947 DARK PASSAGE (DV)
1947 DEAD RECKONING (DV)
1947 DEEP VALLEY (DV)
1947 DESERT FURY (DV, Color)
1947 DESPERATE (DV)
1947 THE GANSTER (DV)
1947 THE GUILTY (DV)
1947 THE HIGH WALL (DV)
1947 HIGH TIDE (DV)
1947 THE KISS OF DEATH (DV)
1947 LADY IN THE LAKE (DV)
1947 THE MAN I LOVE (DV)
1947 NIGHTMARE ALLEY (DV)
1947 NORA PRENTISS (DV)
1947 ODD MAN OUT (DV)
1947 OUT OF THE PAST (BR)
1947 THE PARADINE CASE (DV)
1947 POSSESSED (DV)
1947 PURSUED (DV)
1947 THE RED HOUSE (DV)
1947 REPEAT PERFORMANCE (DV&BR, FL)
1947 RIDE THE PINK (RED) HORSE (DV)
1947 SMASH UP, THE STORY OF A WOMAN (DV)
1947 THEY WON'T BELIEVE ME (DV)
1947 ELLOS NO CREEN EN MI (DV, SP, Reg. 2)
1947 THE TWO MRS. CARROLS (DV)
1947 THE UNFAITHFUL (DV)
1947 THE UNSUSPECTED (DV)
1947 THE WEB (DV)
1947 THE WHISTLER (#6) THIRTEENTH HOUR (DV)
1947 THE WOMAN ON THE BEACH (DV)
1948 BERLIN EXPRESS (DV)
1948 THE BIG CLOCK (DV)
1948 THE BODYGUARD (DV)
1948 CRY OF THE CITY (DV)
1948 FORCE OF EVIL (DV)
1948 HE WALKED BY NIGHT (DV)
1948 I LOVE TROUBLE (DV)
1948 I WALK ALONE (DV)
1948 KEY LARGO (DV)
1948 KISS THE BLOOD OFF MY HANDS (DV)
1948 THE LADY FROM SHANGHAI (BR)
1948 LARCENY (DV)
1948 MOONRISE (DV)
1948 THE NAKED CITY (DV)
1948 NIGHT HAS A THOUSAND EYES (DV)
1948 PITFALL (DV)
1948 RACE STREET (DV)
1948 RAW DEAL (DV)
          Aka: CORKSCREW ALLEY
1948 ROAD HOUSE (DV, Color)
1948 ROPE (DV, Color)
1948 THE SCAR
          Aka: HOLLOW TRIUMPH
1948 SO EVIL MY LOVE (BR)
1948 THE STREET WITH NO NAME (DV)
1948 SORRY, WRONG NUMBER (DV)
1948 TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (DV Xw)
1948 THE WHISTLER (#7) THE SECRET OF ... (DV)
1949 ACCUSED (DV)
1949 ACT OF VIOLENCE (DV)
1949 ALIAS NICK BEAL (DV)
1949 ALL THE KINGS MEN (DV)
1949 THE BIG STEAL (DV)
1949 BORDER INCIDENT (DV)
1949 THE BRIBE (DV)
1949 THE CHAMPION (DV)
1949 CRISS CROSS (DV)
1949 CROCKED WAY (DV)
1949 DANGEROUS PROFESSION (DV)
1949 FLAMINGO ROAD (DV)
1949 FLAXY MARTIN (DV)
1949 THE HEIRESS (DV, Xd)
1949 HOUSE OF STRANGERS (DV)
1949 IMPACT (DV)
1949 KNOCK ON ANY DOOR (DV)
1949 RED LIGHT (DV)
1949 ROPE OF SAND (DV)
1949 SCENE OF THE CRIME (DV)
1949 THE SET-UP (DV)
1949 TENSION (DV)
1949 THEY LIVE BY NIGHT (DV)
1949 THIEVE'S HIGHWAY (DV)
1949 THE THIRD MAN (BR)
1949 THE THREAT (DV)
1949 TOO LATE FOR TEARS (DV)
          Aka: KILLER BAIT

 
1949 TRAPPED (DV)
1949 WHIRLPOOL (DV)
1949 WHITE HEAT (DV)
1949 THE WINDOW (DV)
1949 THE WOMAN ON PIER 13 (DV)
          Aka: I MARRIED A COMMUNIST
1949 A WOMAN'S SECRET (DV)
1950 THE ARMORED CAR ROBBERY (DV)
1950 THE ASPHALT JUNGLE (DV)
1950 BACKFIRE (DV)
1950 BORN TO BE BAD (DV)
1950 THE BREAKING POINT (DV)
1950 CAGED (DV)
1950 THE CAPTURE (DV)
1950 DIAL 1119 (DV)
1950 DESTINATION MURDER (DV)
1950 D. O. A. (DV)
1950 EDGE OF DOOM (DV)
1950 THE FILE ON THELMA JORDAN (DV)
1950 GUN CRAZY (DV)
1950 HIGHWAY 301 (DV)
1950 HOUSE BY THE RIVER (DV)
1950 IN A LONELY PLACE (DV)
1950 KISS TOMORROW GOODBYE (DV)
1950 THE MAN WHO CHEATED HIMSELF (DV)
1950 MYSTERY STREET (DV)
1950 NIGHT AND THE CITY (DV)
1950 NO MAN OF HER OWN (DV)
1950 NO WAY OUT (DV)
1950 PANIC IN THE STREETS (DV)
1950 QUICKSAND (DV)
1950 SHAKEDOWN (BR)
1950 SHAWDOW ON THE WALL (DV)
1950 STAGE FRIGHT (DV)
1950 SUNSET BOULEVARD (DV)
1950 TATTOOED STRANGER (DV)
1950 TRY AND GET ME (DV
          Aka: THE SOUND OF FURY
1950 THE UNDERWORLD STORY (BR)
1950 UNION STATION (BR)
1950 WALK SOFTLY, STRANGER (DV)
1950 WHERE DANGER LIVES (DV)
1950 WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS (BR)
1950 WINCHESTER '73 (DV Xw)
1951 ACE IN THE HOLE (DV)
          Aka: THE BIG CARNIVAL
1951 ANOTHER MAN'S POISON (DV)
1951 CAUSE FOR ALARM (DV)
1951 CIRCLE OF DANGER (DV)
1951 CLOUDBURST (DV)
1951 CRY DANGER (DV)
1951 DETECTIVE STORY (DV)
1951 THE ENFORCER (DV)
          Aka: MURDER, INC.
1951 HE RAN ALL THE WAY (DV)
1951 HIS KIND OF WOMAN (DV)
1951 THE HOODLUM (DV)
1951 THE HOUSE ON TELEGRAPH HILL (DV)
1951 LIGHTNING STIKES TWICE (DV)
1951 M (DV)
1951 THE MAN WITH A CLOAK (DV)
1951 THE MOB (DV)
1951 ON DANGEROUS GROUND (DV)
1951 A PLACE IN THE SUN (DV)
1951 THE RACKET (DV)
1951 RAWHIDE (DV Xw)
1951 ROADBLOCK (DV Xw)
1951 STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (DV)
1951 THE TALL TARGET (DV)
1951 TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY (DV)
1952 AFFAIR IN TRINIDAD (DV)
1952 ANGEL FACE (DV)
1952 CLASH BY NIGHT (DV)
1952 DEADLINE U.S.A. (DV)
1952 THE GREEN GLOVE (DV)
1952 KANSAS CITY CONFIDENTIAL (DV)
1952 THE LAS VEGAS STORY (DV)
1952 LOAN SHARK (DV)
1952 MACAO (DV)
1952 THE NARROW MARGIN (DV)
1952 THE STEEL TRAP (DV)
1952 SUDDEN FEAR (DV)
1952 THIS WOMAN IS DANGEROUS (DV)
1952 THE TURNING POINT (DV)
1953 99 RIVER STREET (BR)
          Aka: THE SECRET FOUR, UK
1953 THE BIG HEAT (DV)
1953 THE BLUE GARDENIA (DV)
1953 CITY THAT NEVER SLEEPS (DV)
1953 DANGEROUS CROSSING (DV)
1953 THE DRY OF THE HUNTED (DV)
1953 THE HITCH-HIKER (DV)
1953 I CONFESS (DV)
1953 INFERNO (DV, Color)
1953 NIAGRA (DV, Color)
1953 PICK UP ON SOUTH STREET (BR & DV)

 
1954 BLACK WIDOW (DV)
1954 CRIME WAVE (DV)
          Aka: THE CITY IS DARK
1954 CRY VENGENCE (DV)
1954 DIAL M FOR MURDER (DV)
1954 DOWN THREE DARK STREETS (DV)
1954  AN INSPECTOR CALLS, UK (DV)
1954  A LIFE AT STAKE (DV)
1954 NAKED ALIBI (DV)
1954 PRIVATE HELL 34 (DV)
1954 PUSHOVER (DV)
1954 SUDDENLY (DV)
1954 WITNESS TO MURDER (DV)
1955 BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK (DV, Xw Color)
1955 THE BIG COMBO (DV)
1955 CAST A DARK SHADOW (DV)
1955 THE DESPARATE HOURS (DV)
1955 FEMALE ON THE BEACH (DV)
1955 FIVE AGAINST THE HOUSE (DV)
1955 HELL ON FRISCO BAY (DV)
1955 HOUSE OF BAMBOO (DV)
1955 ILLEGAL (DV)
1955 KISS ME DEADLY (DV)
1955 THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN ARM (DV Xd)
1955 MURDER IS MY BEAT (DV)
1955 THE NIGHT HOLD TERROR (DV)
1955 THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER (DV)
1955 NOT AS A STRANGER (DV)
1955 PHENIX CITY STORY (DV)
1955 SHACK OUT ON 101 (DV)
1956 BACK FROM ETERNITY (DV)
1956 BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT (DV)
1956 CRIME IN THE STREETS (DV)
1956 A CRY IN THE NIGHT (DV)
1956 DEATH OF A SCOUNDREL (DV)
1956 THE HARDER THEY FALL (DV)
1956 JULIA (DV)
1956 THE KILLING (BR)
1956 A KISS BEFORE DYING (DV)
1956 PLEASE MURDER ME (DV)
1956 THE THE PRICE OF FEAR (DV)
1956 WHILE THE CITY SLEEPS (DV)
1956 THE WRONG MAN (DV)
1957 3:10 TO YUMA (DV Xw)
1957 CRIME OF PASSION (DV)
1957 EDGE OF THE CITY (DV)
1957 FIVE STEPS TO DANGER (DV)
1957 SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS (DV)
1957 WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION (DV Xd)
1958 CRY TERROR (DV)
1958 PARTY GIRL (DV)
1958 TOUCH OF EVIL (DV)
1958 VERTIGO (DV, Color)
1959 ANATOMY OF A MURDER (DV Xd)
1959 THE CRIMSON KIMONO (DV)
1959 ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW (DV)
 

SIGNIFICANT ERA NOIRS OF OTHER YEARS
1937 NIGHT MUST FALL (DV)
1938 THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT (DV)
1940 THE LETTER (DV)
1940 REBECCA (DV)
1964 DEAD RINGER (DV)
 
THE SIGNIFICANT NON-NOIR OF THIS ERA
1942 CASABLANCA (DV)
 

BOOKS ABOUT FILM NOIR
1996 BK - FILM NOIR READER (Orig) (6th Prnt)
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1996 BK - FILM NOIR READER (Orig) (6th Prnt)
2010 BK - FILM NOIR ENCYCLOPEDIA (3rd Prnt)
2016 BK - OUT OF THE DARK, (1st Prnt)
2017 BK - HIGH NOON (& Blacklists) (3rd Prnt)
2017 MALTESE FALCON; 5lbs, BLACK, AT HOME
 
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